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Abe Lincoln scares Teddy Roosevelt away on National Paranormal Day

Abe Lincoln Nationals Presidents Race ParanormalWashington Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt let his frustration show Tuesday night, attempting to steal his first victory of the season by diverting George Washington and Thomas Jefferson to run in the wrong direction.

But when Teddy took off on his own for the finish line on what turns out to be National Paranormal Day, Abraham Lincoln appeared from the Nats’ bullpen to spook The Bull Moose with a “Boo!” sign.

Teddy fell to the ground, shaking, and The Great Emancipator crossed the finish line by himself.

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Abe Lincoln bakes up another presidents race loss for Teddy Roosevelt on National Blueberry Pie Day

Abe Lincoln National blueberry pie dayAbe Lincoln Teddy Roosevelt nationals racing presidents blueberry pieRacing presidents washington Nationals Teddy Roosevelt blueberry pie dayIt’s only ten home games into the young season, but things are looking bad for racing president Theodore Roosevelt, who’s 0-for-10 and continues to see near-victories snatched from under him.

The Washington Nationals kicked off a homestand at Nationals Park on Friday, and apparently, when Abe Lincoln found out it was also National Blueberry Pie Day, it was all the excuse he needed to steal another race from the hero of San Juan Hill.

“Honest” Abe skipped the starting gate, and instead parked himself in Section 134A during the fourth inning race with a fresh blueberry pie.

Teddy carried a lead into the home stretch, but that’s when Lincoln appeared and stopped the Rough Rider to offer up some pie.

It was just enough of a distraction to allow the great emancipator to turn and dash for the finish line for his sixth victory of the season.

As we pointed out on opening day, the 2017 version of the Nationals presidents race is unfolding in a pattern that is eerily reminiscent of 2006-2012, when the team conspired to keep Teddy from winning a single race.

 

Finish line video by lfahome

Video: Chaos reigns as visiting mascots assault racing presidents, Easter Bunny tackles Teddy Roosevelt, and Screech takes the tape

YouDee Nationals presidents raceEaster Presidents Race 01Easter Presidents Race 003Easter Presidents Race 002Two Nationals Park traditions literally collided on Sunday as the Washington Nationals celebrated Screech’s birthday with guest appearances by area mascots, and also celebrated Easter with an appearance by a certain bunny.

Each had a history of interfering with the fourth inning presidents race, but never on the same day. What followed wasn’t pretty.

When the race began, visiting mascots YouDee (University of Delaware), Slapshot (Capitals), Pinch (Maryland Blue Crabs), Bill the Goat (Navy), Talon (DC United), Testudo (University of Maryland), and The Colonial (George Washington University) all gathered along the first base line to greet the racing presidents.

George, Tom, Abe, and Teddy emerged from the centerfield gate wearing bunny ears, and Jefferson pulled ahead early, holding onto his lead until the presidents found themselves facing a sea of mascots in the home stretch.

That’s when Slapshot took a running leap over the back of fellow eagle Talon to nail the sage of Monticello with a head-butt.

Delaware’s YouDee then rammed in George Washington, smashing the father of our country’s face.

Finally Maryland’s Testudo stiff-armed Abe Lincoln, knocking off his ears and sending him to the ground.

The mascots then let Teddy Roosevelt run past, seemingly to secure his first victory of the season.

But alas, that’s when the Easter Bunny appeared from nowhere — or more accurately from the new Dugout Club section — and took down the Bull Moose with a vicious diving tackle.

Screech, repeating a scene from last season, waltzed across the finish line to steal the win.

Teddy, however, remains winless as the Nationals begin their road trip to Atlanta.


Nats racing presidents return to old ways, robbing Teddy Roosevelt of victory to kick off 2017 season

It was just like old times, and not in a good way.

Teddy Roosevelt tripped Nationals Presidents RaceTeddy Roosevelt Nationals presidents raceTeddy Roosevelt loses presidents raceBaseball’s opening day is known as a time of hope, when records are wiped clean and fans look to the future with optimism.

But in the season’s inaugural presidents race Monday at Nationals Park, it seemed like 2012 all over again.

Nats fans had celebrated on social media when it was announced that recent additions to the race — Taft, Coolidge, and Hoover — had “retired” to the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, and they got what they were hoping for, as for the first time in five years it was back to the Rushmore Four — George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.

But there was an unexpected extra dose of déjà vu for Teddy Roosevelt fans, as the other presidents conspired to rob Teddy of the victory, and revived memories of The Bull Moose’s historic 526-race losing streak.

Teddy had the lead in the home stretch, but Washington and Jefferson pushed him from behind, celebrating with a high five as Abe raced by for the win.

In another nod to the old days, it appears that the presidents race champions belt has been retired. Rather than being awarded a belt, Lincoln simply carried the checkered flag off the field.

Video for LetTeddyWin.com by lfahome

Video: Taft wins Nationals first Spring Training presidents race to christen Ballpark of the Palm Beaches

palm-beach-presidents-raceThe Washington Nationals’ shiny new ballpark in West Palm Beach, Florida opened Tuesday, and like it or not, brought 21st century amenities such such as a large video scoreboard and between-innings entertainment to the Nats’ spring training experience.

And as planned, when the fourth inning arrived, the team’s newly-“retired” racing presidents ran the first Grapefruit League presidents race.

In a race devoid of the hijinks common at Nationals Park, newly-retired William Howard Taft pulled away from Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover to take the historic victory.

Like the race in DC, the Palm Beach version is sponsored by GEICO. Unlike the Nationals Park version, the race started with a live introduction of the racers and a “Ready, Set, Go!” by the ballpark PA announcer.

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Taft “retiring” to Palm Beach as well, leaving original Rushmore racing presidents at Nationals Park

Nationals New Racing President William Howard Taft

William Howard Taft is introduced to Nats fans in 2013

Washington Nationals racing president William Howard Taft will arrive this weekend at the Ball Park of the Palm Beaches and stay for good, joining the other “retired” racing presidents Herbert Hoover and Calvin Coolidge in their new home in West Palm Beach.

According to a report in the The Palm Beach Post, the Nats have made the decision to “retire” Taft as well, leaving just the original Mount Rushmore Four — Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt — to race at Nationals Park during the Major League season.

The four were the only racing presidents for the beter part of seven seasons before Taft joined the presidents race in 2013. The addition of Taft was intended to “mix things up,” according to a marketing executive who is no longer with the team.

Teddy Roosevelt could not be reached for comment.

Magic 8 Balls, spiked water, tater tots and more: Nationals reveal select bobbleheads, promotions, and new concessions for 2017

nationals-hot-stove-camillo-rizzo-fpThe Washington Nationals held its annual “hot stove” gathering for full season plan holders at Nationals Park on Wednesday evening, featuring the team’s Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer Valerie Camillo, General Manager and President of Baseball Operations Mike Rizzo, and broadcaster FP Santangelo.
As expected, Rizzo received questions about the team’s depth and bullpen, with no season-planholder-gift-2017great surprises revealed; but in keeping with tradition, Camillo had a few announcements related to the fan experience in 2017, including the annual season planholder gift, an “alternative leather” box.

The full promotional calendar will be announced February 16, but Camillo teased the crowd with a few previews, including an opening day giveaway of a Nationals Magic 8 Ball, a sliding Trea Turner bobblehead on May 12, and a Nationals Fedora on July 26.

Camillo also revealed a number of theme days for 2017, including Star Wars Day (May 27), 90s Night (August 11), and Oktoberfest (September 29). Special ticket events will include the return of College Days, Taste of the World (July 8), Ladies Night (July 29), and a new Easter Egg Hunt (April 16) and Mothers Day Brunch (May 14).

new-nationals-retail-clothingCamillo also revealed some new items for sale at the team stores, and some new items at select concession stands, including spiked water, a mojito cart, a tater tot stand, and three new food items: an italian sausage burger (sections 110, 141, and 310), a chicken fried steak sandwich (at Virginia Country Kitchen), and marinated chicken skewers (at Change Up Chicken in sections 110 and 129).

For what it’s worth, besides Turner, the Nats’ front line players yet to be featured on a bobblehead doll are Daniel Murphy, Tanner Roark, Adam Eaton, Joe Ross and Anthony Rendon (Rendon has been featured on a garden gnome). If the Nationals issue six bobbleheads as they have in recent years, this could be your list. Stay tuned for the rest of the promotional schedule in February.

Thanks to Luis Albisu for the photos and reports from the event.

 

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